The Madhya Pradesh political turmoil between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress party finally sees the sunset for time being as BJP’s face of the state, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, takes oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, March 23. Shivraj Singh Chauhan has become the chief minister of the state for the fourth time since 2005. The BJP leader who is most popularly known as ‘Mamaji’ across the state clinched the post of CM from the staunch Congress leader and ex-CM, Kamal Nath.
Kamal Nath resigned from his post on March 20 at a press conference ahead of the Supreme Court-mandated floor test in the state assembly. Kamal Nath was elected as the chief minister of the state after Congress party won 114 seats in the 230 seat assembly election 2018. BJP was restricted to only 109 seats which was against Chauhan’s claim of surpassing 200 seats in the state.
Shivraj Singh Chauhan had given the slogan of “Iss Baar, 200 Paar (This time, more than 200)” which fell flat after the results were announced. However, Shivraj Singh Chauhan did not lose hopes and continued to raise the concerns of the farmers and the localites. The BJP leader was seen meeting people as a common man and was seen as a down-to-earth personality in the state.
Chauhan knew the internal feud between the former Member of Parliament (MP) and staunch Congress party leader, Jyotiraditya Scindia, and the high command. Scindia wanted a bigger role in the state, however, he was allegedly ignored at the cost of senior party leaders. Chauhan kept his contact with Scindia and nurtured the relation to strengthen it gradually and reap the fruits in the near future.
Chauhan was not very far from the blessed moment when Congress party kept Scindia in the waiting list of sending him to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh in the ensuing Rajya Sabha election this year. This instilled rage in Scindia for Congress party and ‘Mamaji’ utilised this moment to pave his way to the chief ministerial berth.
Reports were high that Chauhan and Scindia were cooking up an alliance and destabilise the Congress run government in the state. They kept this mission completely covert and neither of both admitted this in public. Scindia along with 22 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) went missing in March 2020 and was reported to have taken shelter in a Bangalore situated resort.
The 22 Congress party MLAs stated via video clips that they are with Scindia and that they don’t want to stay with the Congress party anymore. The rebellious Congress MLAs claimed that they were not happy and satisfied with Kamal Nath functionaries and that they are leaving Congress party for the betterment of the state citizens.
Scindia gave no chance to Kamal Nath government to assemble it’s lost horses and reached Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah. It was speculated from then that the Kamal Nath led state government will not be able to save itself anymore.
The Congress party leaders alleged horse-trading by rival BJP, however, BJP backlashed at Congress party for their baseless allegations with the intention to hide it’s inefficiencies. The tug-of-war for power ended with Shivraj Singh Chauhan regaining his lost chair of Chief Minister in the state. While Scindia has made his way to Rajya Sabha on BJP’s ticket from Madhya Pradesh itself.
The story may have many more pits on the way of BJP as well, however, the present situation doesn’t predict anything major setback for the saffron party in the state.